Exposure

Album: Peter Gabriel (second, scratch) (1978)

Songfacts®:

  • This musical journey from Peter Gabriel's second album was heavily influenced by his producer, Robert Fripp, who also played guitar on the track. Fripp is known for his work with King Crimson, which like Gabriel's former band, Genesis, was a leading light in British progressive rock.

    Gabriel moved in a more pop direction with his first solo album (produced by Bob Ezrin) and had a hit with "Solsbury Hill." His label, Atlantic Records, wanted more like it, but Gabriel insisted on Fripp, who helped him deliver a very innovative album that was a commercial failure. His next album was made with the hitmaker Steve Lillywhite.
  • The lyric mostly consists of Gabriel droning the word "Exposure" over and over. It could refer to the media invading his privacy, but Gabriel also envisioned it as part of his Mozo story, which he thought could turn into a stage production. Mozo shows up on the album's first track, "On The Air."
  • Sonically, there's a lot going on in this song, including a recorder and drums (played by Jerry Marotta), that were were double-tracked and range across the stereo spectrum.
  • Robert Fripp named his first solo album, released in 1979, Exposure.

Comments: 1

  • Tom from Los Angeles, CaI love this track. It sounds like the soundtrack to an assassination. It also strikes me as a perfect backdrop for movie or TV scene of a certain type.
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